A Look at Femininity in Contemporary Art

Tracey Moffatt, Something More 1, 1989 - Courtesy L.A. Galerie - Lothar Albrecht, Francoforte

“Woman Women” is a cycle of traveling contemporary art exhibitions curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg and organized by ART for The World, idealized in 2005 to mark the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Beijing Conference.

The exhibitions, dedicated to the theme of the feminine aspect in current times, have been hosted in different cities and premises, and for each venue different artists have presented different works, reflecting on the concept of femininity through a range of approaches and creating dialogues about the role played by women in the contemporary world.

After its first presentation in Geneva, on March 2005, with the title “Femme(s)”, the exhibition traveled to Florence (“Donna Donne”, at Palazzo Strozzi, October 8, 2005 – January 8, 2006) and then to Sao Paulo in Brazil (“Mulher Mulheres”, at SESC Paulista, March 9 – June 10, 2007).

The participating artists who were invited, men and women coming from various parts of the world, propose, through their own art works (installations, photographs, videos, sculptures, etc) a reflection about femininity, analyzing the role of women in the contemporary world.

The path is structured based on the works of artists born after the second half of the 20th century who reflect the main aspects of the feminine perception of life and creativity, and on the work of young artists who represent the different facets of the feminine identity, emphasizing mainly the problems and perspectives of women today.

In these exhibitions, the word “woman” is not used in a strict, biological or sexual sense, but reflects and emphasizes the women, especially in their social, cultural and political projection, in their symbolic and philosophical representation of fundamental values in the various cultures and regions of the world.

After the major transformations of the role of women in society during the 20th Century, there is still a great uncertainty about what it takes to be a woman and about what it means to express themselves in freedom, either in industrialized countries, or in developing countries. How does the full accomplishment of their potentialities take place, under the family, professional, social and sexual pressures to which women are subjected today? And does this accomplishment have any meaning in developing countries, for those women who are still enslaved and oppressed and must free themselves, first of all, from traditional values and poverty?

Ville de Carouge
March 8 – March 27 2005

Florence, Palazzo Strozzi
October 8 2005 – January 8 2006

Sao Paulo, SESC Paulista
March 9 – June 10, 2007